By The Docks

4.5
1172 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Maryland is famous for it's crab cakes, and By The Docks is known for it's eight-ounce Colossal Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. Discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, steaks, and pasta's prepared by our chefs. Our menu includes various items from baby back ribs, slow roasted prime rib, hand cut steaks,and specialty sauteed dishes. Every sauce, soup and dressing is made from scratch. By The Docks welcomes families and large groups. Make reservations or call ahead for express carry out.
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DeeSing
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Brandon our waiter was excellent! He was very busy but still attentive and personable. This was our first time here and they were extremely busy but making reservations was perfect for moving us ahead of the crowd. The food was tasty so I recommend this restaurant.

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KC1142
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great and loved the atmosphere. Tables appeared to be appropriately distanced and staff wore masks. I felt comfortable eating there for a girls night out.

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KimberleyH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best. Crab Cake. Ever. Scallops and shrimp were perfectly done. There were seven of us at the table, and everyone loved their meals.

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BethF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best crabcakes around!!! Friendly, efficient staff. The only thing they don't do well are vegetable sides (tend to be a bit wilted/soggy).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best crabcakes. Delish!

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LatonyaD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very welcoming, the food was delicious, prices ver reasonable, and most of all the service was great!!!

I would definitely visit again!

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vipGrkmom
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed lobster night with two sides and fried calamari on a large Greek village salad. Both meals were very tasty. Our waiter, Abner was top notch and we will specifically ask for him next time.

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vipCB17
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants. Great seafood, steaks, drinks.

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debbiev
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Was not happy with our server, first time that has ever happened. We had to wait for certain things that we asked for, we were just about finished our meal before we got the condiments we asked for, we never got any refills on our drinks. First time I was not satisfied with the crab cake, it was very dry, and no flavor, usually it’s good.

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SyLaLe
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is tranquil, clean, and friendly. The waiter was very polite and customer service oriented. We was greeted at the door very nicely.
The food was delicious from the appetizer, brussels sprout, stream shrimp and clam casino. The crab cake was huge and all lump meat. We couldn't eat it all. The shrimp salad sandwich was delicious too.
You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.

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Lamb
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This was our first time here and I was pretty disappointed. I tried to give a lot of leeway for it being post-covid and getting things back on track, but alas, too much went awry. We got seated quickly, although I am sure that I chose the 'outdoor dining' option on Open Table, but we were seated inside. Everything from there forward was very slow and our order had several things wrong - lamb chops way over-cooked, crab cake broiled not fried, and mashed potatoes were clearly instant. It was very loud, which was fine, but something important to be aware of. For the cost of their menu items, I would have expected much better service, atmosphere and food.

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Carla
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! My beau orders the pork chops and I get the colossal crab cake with a delicious Greek salad. Food and service is wonderful!!!

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JohnW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered crab imperial, which was perfect. The service was very good based on the large number of diners.

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KatiH
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried on the menu was delicious! I would definitely recommend going there.

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Nina
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can always count on excellent crabcakes. Server was attentive and did not rush us out after we finished.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was for the most part excellent. However my Maryland crab soup temperature was not very hot and in addition having lived in Maryland 72 yrs and having ate many bowls of Maryland crab soup, I notice a slight sweetness to it, this was confirmed by the other person in my party . It wasn't bad, but not what I expected. I have since recommended By The Dock to my family, friends and coworkers informing them of your great specials!

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great, service a little slow, but they were busy. Will definitely come back!

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MayWay
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Let me begin by saying I absolutely love this place. Typically, the food is excellent and the service is outstanding. My family and I went for an Easter dinner this past weekend and as usual, the service was very good, but of course they were very busy. Therefore, social distancing was difficult. The food was sub par, not hot and I had the worst cut of New York strip steak I've ever encountered. It was mostly gristle, overcooked and I could barely cut it with the steak knife they provided. I left it on the plate. The carrot cake was delicious! I will definitely give them the benefit of the doubt and come back for a redo :)

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vipMJH54
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server and everything came out on time. Food was great.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Patrick took our drink order as soon as we sat down, we didn’t get another drink until after our main course was served. He actually filled our water glasses for the first time when we were paying our bill to leave.
Crab balls were awesome but the chicken in the jambalaya was mushy and awful.
Filet mignon was tough.

We like this place, this was just a bad experience and Patrick wasn’t a very good Host.

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, my Mom had a blast for her 72 birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Came for my birthday with family felt it was too closed in for Covid. Cesar salad tasted as if either the lettuce or dressing was outdated. Steak was not good as well, over all an okay experience could have been better.

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JanetM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday with my step daughter & son in law. Couldn’t have our a better place. Crab cakes are the best! We all enjoyed our meal. Our waiter was exceptional!

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HappyCamper
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a reservation for my birthday and was unable to get there in time for the reservation BUT we were still welcomed and even though it was just a half hour before closing, we were treated as if we’d gotten there at 5pm. The waitstaff was very professional and polite, not one person rushed us or made up feel as if we were holding them up. We ended up leaving about a half hour or a little sooner after closing and gave an extra tip for the inconvenience of keeping them but overall, this was the perfect place to go for my birthday and you receive a ton of DELICIOUS food for the price! I ate until I was full and still had an entire platter to take home that was equal to a another whole meal!

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Kaitlin
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Popular place, especially for their crabcakes. Good specials on certain nights of the week. Tables are spaced out appropriately and COVID standards appear to be followed by both employees and guests.

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JOANT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was very pleased with waitress; food was great as usual.

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TerryW
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual! We go there very often!

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HeatherD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The service we received was great. The food was delicious as well. My only complaint was the ladies restroom. There were paper towels all over the floor, no toilet paper in either stall and the roll of paper towels to dry your hands was sitting on the baby changing table. So I had to make the 30 minute ride back home with a full bladder and seafood seasoning still in my nails. Disappointing.

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vipLouDunaway
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a FANTASTIC lunch. Terrific service and easily the BEST crabcakes in Maryland.

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vipPfinley
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch was very accommodating, enjoyable and tastey. Leslie, our server was excellent and pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great, server was excellent. I enjoyed my experience and plan to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server was very nice.

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debbiek
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of their food is great but the crab cakes are just awesome!

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KimberlyE
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, sat at the bar. Did not order food this time, drinks only. But By the Docks is a favorite and you can't go wrong no matter what you order!

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AWalk
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Family visited from out of town. They were very impressed by the portion sizes. Oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes, coconut shrimp, Brussels sprouts, pickled beets, half and half soup, truffle fries... everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great.

JR
JaniceR
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for dinner! Great music! The food and the service is top notch! You definitely get your money's worth! A neighborhood favorite!

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TheNelsons
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Seafood.

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vipCherri
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food is outstanding at By the Docks. We were immediately seated upon our arrival. I highly recommend the Old Bay wings and Crab Imperial!

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vipFavorite
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner there was fantastic! I had the quarter pound Maine lobster with the jumbo lump crab cake. It was perfectly done and delicious! I would definitely recommend this dish and this restaurant. I’ll be back soon!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from By The Docks using the Order Online button. By The Docks also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 686-1188.

By The Docks is rated 4.5 stars by 1172 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.